\ ˈstȯrk How to pronounce stork (audio) \

Definition of stork

: any of various large wading birds (family Ciconiidae) chiefly of Asia, Africa, and South America that have long stout bills and are related to the ibises and herons

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Recent Examples on the Web Other giant birds, including pigeons, storks and ducks, have been found on islands such as Fiji, Flores and Hawaii. Fox News, "Fossils of 'Squawkzilla,' 19 million-year-old cannibal parrot, found in New Zealand," 8 Aug. 2019 In August, spotbilled pelicans, painted storks, and Asian open bills dominate for a couple of months. Bahar Dutt, Quartz India, "Two Indian cities lead the way in transforming concrete jungles into real jungles," 22 Oct. 2019 Orel Hershiser’s stork-like delivery brought the fastball. Gregory Orfalea, Los Angeles Times, "Rick Dempsey found success in baseball, but his boyhood friend and teammate struggled," 9 Oct. 2019 The cargo ship is named Kounotori, Japanese for white stork. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Japanese rocket blasts off with batteries for space station," 24 Sep. 2019 The black stork is a bird that constantly migrates between Europe and Africa. Stefania D'ignoti, Quartz Africa, "The small library in Sicily that helps Italians understand African migration to Europe," 21 Sep. 2019 Their enclosures are located on a trail that continues onto a wetland observation deck overlooking water-treatment ponds that attract storks, cormorants and anhingas. Bonnie Gross,, "Where the wildlife are: South Florida sanctuaries that rehab animals worth a visit," 16 Sep. 2019 If Bristol is the birthplace of country music, then Ralph Peer, the record producer from New York City, acted as stork. Colleen Creamer, New York Times, "In Southern Appalachia, Searching for the ‘Big Bang’ of Country Music," 19 Aug. 2019 Her women tend to be the sort of people for whom, as the old joke has it, there was no Santa at 6, no stork at 9 and no God at 12. New York Times, "With ‘Doxology,’ Nell Zink Delivers Her Most Ambitious and Expansive Novel Yet," 19 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of stork

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stork

Middle English, from Old English storc; akin to Old High German storah stork and probably to Old English stearc stiff — more at stark

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The first known use of stork was before the 12th century

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15 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Stork.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of stork

: a large bird that has long legs and a long bill and neck


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Kids Definition of stork

: a large wading bird that has a long heavy bill and long legs and builds large nests usually in trees or on the top of roofs and poles

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